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Pak Taliban’s amnesty `no big deal` for bounty min

Last Updated: Friday, September 28, 2012 - 18:40

Peshawar: Pakistan Railway Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, who had announced a bounty on the anti-Islam film maker, has said it did not matter to him if the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had removed his name from their hit list because "death is in the hands of God and will occur in any case".

Earlier on Wednesday, the TTP had announced the removal of Bilour``s name from their hit list after he offered 100,000 dollars for the death the filmmaker.

"So what if the Taliban have removed my name from their hit list? I can also die from a heart attack," The News agency quoted Bilour, as saying.

"I gave the statement because of the love of Prophet Muhammad I have in my heart - I don``t mind people agreeing or disagreeing with me," said Bilour.

Bilour sparked international condemnation after he offered the blood money and urged the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to carry out what he called the "noble deed".

The Pakistan government and Bilour``s own party- Awami Natioanl Party- have distanced themselves from the reward for the killing of the person behind the crudely-made "Innocence of Muslims", which has sparked violent protests across the Islamic world.


First Published: Friday, September 28, 2012 - 18:40
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